Ladies Locker Room
Keys to the locker room are available through a committee member. Please ensure you always lock the door as you leave the locker room. Large lockers and handbag lockers are available to rent but at times there may be a waiting list. Information about this is available from a committee member.
Please do not change on the car park but use the Locker Room.
During the season (April to October) there is a competition on every Wednesday. When there is insufficient light to play in the evening, it is possible to play in the competition on the preceding Saturday. The fixture list gives details of all the competition dates.
To enter a competition you need a handicap, and to book a place online or on the club computer. Dale or Katharine, our Competition Secretary, will help you with this if you have any problems.
Presentation evenings are held after some of the main competitions and at regular intervals during the season. The first and final presentation evening in the year are a social event usually including a meal. You are more than welcome at these events, and it’s a good opportunity to meet everyone and to get to know what else is happening in the ladies’ section.
When you feel ready to obtain a handicap, all you need to do is submit 3 cards marked by a member who has a handicap. One of these should be a member of the ladies’ committee. Unfortunately you can only submit cards during the main season, when the full length course is in use. You can however submit two 9 hole cards, one for the front nine and the other for the back nine. All our ladies will be happy to help you obtain your handicap once you feel ready.
External Competitions and Matches
Bolton Ladies’ Championship Committee holds a number of events in which we compete, both as individuals and in teams. Information about these events is on the notice board in the locker room.
As members of Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association we enter teams to play in Shield matches against other local clubs. Information about Open Competitions is available on the Golf Empire website and within the ‘External Competition’ part of this website. This year we have a Handicap Team (handicaps up to 24) and a Bronze team (handicaps 20.5 to 36). Information is available on the Golf Empire website. Just ask any of our ladies if you’d like them to play with you in a team, or use the WhatsApp group to let us know you’re available to play in an Open. Playing at other courses is not only very enjoyable, it is also very good for your game.
If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group to keep in touch, please contact Janet Ayres to add your name to the group.
Useful contact details:
Janet Ayres, 07807 851178, email@example.com
Katharine Jones, 07949 975138, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen Beeney, 07985 465764, email@example.com
- R&A Rules
Etiquette on the Practice Ground
Practice will help you progress your golf, but it is important to be aware of the etiquette when you are on the practice ground.
- There are two ends to the practice area – one is off Arthur Lane, where there is a car park and the other can be reached by walking from the clubhouse via the 18th and 17th holes.
- The chipping area is at the end nearest the 17th tee. If you wish to practice using your Driver/other woods/long irons you can hit from either end. If others are using the facility you need to be aware that they are hitting balls and take care as you move around the area. Particular care should be taken if you are parking down at the practice area and walking up to the chipping end.
- Never move forward to collect your balls when others are still hitting forward.
- Be aware that the golf course runs adjacent to the practice area and that players may be in a competition. Therefore, keep noise levels low and respect the players.
- Care should always be taken when making your way down to the practice area from the clubhouse as you will be walking adjacent to two holes on the golf course. If play is in progress, please stand to the side and remain quiet.
Many of our ladies belong to Harwood Harmonies, a choir that was started over 6 years ago by April Grime, and rehearses on Thursday evenings at the club. New members are always welcome. It is unpressured and good fun and all choir members have gained a great deal from the experience. We hold concerts at the club to raise money for charity and we also visit local residential homes to perform some of our repertoire.
We have an annual golf “away day”. This is usually a Sunday Driver offer at a golf resort and involves two rounds of golf, and an overnight stay including dinner. These trips away are greatly enjoyed and all lady members are welcome to join us.
Many of us play golf throughout the winter months, weather permitting, and this helps to keep your game improving. It’s a great time to practise but we do also have a Winter League which comprises a 13 hole competition each week when the weather permits.
The club is run by a management committee elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting which is held towards the end of February. Lady Captain is an honorary member of this committee.
The Ladies’ Section has its own committee to organize the various Ladies’ events. Committee members and officials are elected at the Ladies’ AGM in January.
England Golf provides some insurance to all members, but it may be advisable to have other additional golf insurance. There are a number of companies offering this, for example, Golfcare. A quick Google search should bring up companies who can offer this insurance with varying levels of cover.
These are advertised on the club diary (on the web site), and in the entrance porch. The ladies have an annual coffee morning to raise funds to support the ladies section and hold various other fund raising activities throughout the year. The main Ladies social event is the Ladies’ Annual Dinner held in December, which comprises a meal followed by entertainment and dancing. You are welcome to bring guests, and are assured of a good time!
The Three R’s
- Repair all visible pitch marks on the Greens
- Repair all divots on the Golf Course (fairways & rough)
- Rake all bunkers where required